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La Grande man celebrates 100 years

 Alfred Johnson was born about the time the Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup.


Getting on his soap box: Former Enterprise teacher Ron Osterloh hopes to get a new soap box derby

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Ron Osterloh, right, examines his soap box derby car, the Flashback Express. Matt Sirrine of La Grande, who is helping Osterloh organize a soap box derby here, is also examining the Flashback Express. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The power of gravity is a wonderful and sometimes mysterious thing.

Union appeals 2014 DEQ fine

The City of Union is appealing a fine levied by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for a small amount of chlorine released into Catherine Creek in 2014.

BRIEFLY: NEOEDD board meets Thursday afternoon

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Misener Room of the Union County Courthouse Annex, 1007 Fourth St., in La Grande. All NEOEDD board meetings are open to the public.

The NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.



A return to its roots: Micronesian students at Eastern may double within a year

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Eastern Oregon University students Ciara Haruo, Ngeyaol Polycarp and Meyar Mamis enjoy a light moment Monday at EOU’s Multicultural Center. All three of the students are from Palau, a part of the region of Micronesia. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University’s pipeline to the Western Pacific, after slowing to a trickle, may soon begin flowing robustly again.

AlertSense moves forward

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J. B. Brock, emergency manager, and Annette Powers, emergency services department specialist, look over an incident command system form Thursday. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Union County could be seeing a county-wide emergency services notification system in the near future.

City council talks how to fill vacant city position

The La Grande City Council work session Thursday had one overarching question: What is La Grande going to do without Charlie Mitchell?

BRIEFLY: Clocks ‘spring forward’ this weekend

Daylight Saving Time kicks in this weekend. At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, clocks will “spring forward” one hour. 

DST was first used by Germany during World War I as a way to conserve energy. The goal was to take advantage of the daylight hours in spring by moving an additional hour of daylight from the morning to the evening and not letting people sleep through the first few hours of sunshine. America didn’t adopt a policy on DST until 1966.

Daylight Saving Time will end Nov. 1, when we “fall back” one hour.


Vacation proposal called 'shell game'

Union County's proposal to vacate additional portions of streets within the county campus for the courthouse project was called a "shell game" by critics and the mayor during a La Grande City Council public hearing on the matter.


Man found dead after vehicle got stuck in snow

ENTERPRISE — A North Powder man was found dead near the Pallette Ranch on the upper Imnaha River Road Sunday afternoon.

Council to hear Eagle Cap appeal

Eagle Cap Dispensary will have to make some compelling arguments to the La Grande City Council to persuade it to remove the condition of its operating hours it imposed at January’s meeting.

A second vacation?

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The La Grande City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 P.M. tonight on the vacation of K Avenue and Fifth Street. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The La Grande City Council last year approved vacating K Avenue from Fifth Street to Sixth Street. With parking needs still not met, the county faces a number of conditions on its approved site plan that officials hope can be alleviated with a second vacation — on K Avenue from Fourth Street to Fifth Street and on Fifth Street from K Avenue to L Avenue.

BRIEFLY: Don’t miss one-day rummage sale

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande will have a rummage sale Saturday. The one-day sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use the entrance at the corner of Fifth Street and K Avenue.

OBITUARIES: March 4, 2015

Voght, Mitchell, Nelson, Stratos, Peplinski

Hideout robbed at gunpoint

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Local law enforcement responded to a downtown bar Tuesday night after it was robbed at gunpoint.


North Powder man found dead in Wallowa County

ENTERPRISE — A North Powder man was found dead near the Pallette Ranch on the upper Imnaha River Road Sunday afternoon.


Union Pacific says 2 trains derail in Oregon


Shelter’s food bank set to open for business

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Kris Cross and Debera White-Waters set up for Shelter From the Storm’s soup supper on Saturday. Most of the ingredients in the soup are organic, and the food comes from many local businesses. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Shelter From the Storm has been full steam ahead lately, and last week’s food bank approval added to the organization’s enthusiasm.

Homesites approved on Joseph farmland

ENTERPRISE — After almost a decade of attempts to subdivide Hayes Farm on Airport Lane west of Joseph, the Wallowa County Planning Commission at its Feb. 24 meeting gave approval for the creation of two two-acre parcels.

Fire season may come early this year

The Grande Ronde Valley has experienced highs in the upper 50s, rain and snow — and that’s all within the past couple weeks. The area’s precipitation is normal for this time of year, but Eastern Oregon is definitely falling short when it comes to snowpack.

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